On the Town: Chicago Tribune

Featured in On the Town in the Chicago Tribune On the Town, Chicago Tribune

Quote “I compare butoh to figure drawing. A good artist leaves open areas, because the mind can fill in what’s happening. Butoh does that a lot: It allows people to fill in the gaps with their own memories and associations.”


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Decenber 6-8pm Film screenings + Butoh Discussion


present, transient
by Piibe Kolka

‘present, transient’ studies rhythms between a city and a body. A body that perhaps has left its social layers for a moment. And a city that can be surprised. This is an exploration performed and observed that involves a butoh dancer, a white skirt, an eye and a camera, an ear and a microphone, changing light, sounds and materials, numerous trajectories, objects and passersby.

Performed by Vangeline
Filmed, directed and edited by Piibe Kolka
Sound recording by Danielle Chu

Piibe Kolka is a filmmaker from Estonia, currently based in Brooklyn, NYC. Her work combines interests in personal storytelling, ethnographic film and audiovisual experimentations. She has studied cultural anthropology in Estonia and documentary media and film at The New School in New York. She is currently working as a freelance film maker in NYC. She has worked on independent film productions and performance projects in Estonia, Latvia, France and USA.

Her filmography includes “present, transient” (experimental film, 2014), “Soundationists International” aka “So I…” (audiovisual happening, 2014) “540 nanometers” (short documentary, 2012),

“The Experimenter” (assistant editor, 2014, dir Michael Almereyda, in post production), “In Sound” (co-author, 2011),  “On the River of Memories” (assistant producer, 2011).

ghostsScene from Delusions of Grandeur
by Lauren Beck

Lauren Beck is a filmmaker and visual artist who lives and works in Chicago. She received her MFA from the University of Chicago and has exhibited her work at spaces including the Suburban, Regina Rex, and Gavin Brown’s Passerby. She is currently completing her first full-length film, “Delusions of Grandeur,” which features choreographed sequences by Sara Zalek.